Trans Custody Case: 7-Year-Old Whose Mother Insists He's a Girl Just Went to School as a Boy
A Texas boy whose mother claims he is a girl has attended school dressed as a boy. This supports the boy's father's claim that his son is not truly transgender and so should not be pumped with experimental drugs that may cause his chemical castration.
Last month, a Texas jury awarded custody of the 7-year-old boy James Younger to his legal mother, Dr. Anne Georgulas. Georgulas claims her son identifies as a girl and she wants to put him on experimental drugs. A judge later ruled that Jeffrey Younger, the boy's father and Georgulas' ex-husband, should have a say in his son's medical treatment. Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) have weighed in on the case, which has raised the nationwide issue of experimental transgender treatments.
Friends of the father shared images of James and his brother Jude dressed as the boys they are and heading to school.
"Jeff emailed the principal today and James and Jude's teachers had reported that there was zero stress or disruptions in the classroom today. Just another day in school. Prayers answered," the group Save James posted on Facebook with a prayer emoji.
The photos included the caption: "Going to school. This is what it looks like when JAMES gets to choose! * Affirm this! * Also, a photo taken yesterday, just before church. James and Jude proud to be men!"
Georgulas has claimed that she "knew" James was a girl because he liked the movie Frozen and asked for a girl toy at McDonald's. The father claimed that Georgulas dressed James up in dresses at the tender age of three.
Dr. Michelle Cretella, a pediatrician and executive director at the American College of Pediatricians, told PJ Media last year that Georgulas may be suffering from a mental disorder. "This case is consistent with a diagnosis of Munchausen by proxy," she said.
"This is a disorder in which an adult feigns either a physical or psychological condition in a child for their own subconscious reasons," the pediatrician explained. "Most often the perpetrator is the biological mother and she often has a background in health or medicine."
"In the case of imposing gender dysphoria on a son, there are cases in the scientific literature of severe maternal depression triggered in a mother longing for a daughter," Cretella added. "The mother's depression lifts when the boy dresses and acts as a girl. This has been termed 'gender mourning.'"
Regardless of Georgulas' motivations, the intended "treatments" for her son would do him harm. The boy's father claims the mother sent him an email showing her intention to have the boy's genitals cut off. The rush toward chemical castration may be less gruesome but it is still terrifying.
Studies have shown that between 62 and 98 percent of children who express a gender identity opposite their biological sex will reject that transgender identity if they are allowed to develop naturally. Many cases of gender dysphoria can be traced to childhood trauma. Walt Heyer, a man who identified as a woman for eight years and underwent sex reassignment surgery, explained that his gender dysphoria stemmed from childhood trauma from sexual abuse and being dressed as a girl by his grandmother when he was four years old.
Transgender activists have infiltrated various bodies in the American medical establishment, giving the movement a wholly undeserved patina of scientific credibility. Last week, the Pediatric Endocrine Society published a statement insisting that so-called "puberty-blocking" drugs are not only "reversible" but also essential for the health of kids with gender dysphoria.
Michael Laidlaw, an endocrinologist based in Rocklin, Calif., told The Christian Post that these claims are entirely false. "What these medical societies have created is an institutionalized childhood pathway toward sterility," he countered.
In an interview with PJ Media in August, Laidlaw explained that the political group the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) pressured its way into the guidelines for the Endocrine Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
"I and other endocrinologists never had a vote. A very small, select group influenced the leaders of these organizations and put these things out with no scientific backing," he said.
The Endocrine Society took transgender guidelines from WPATH. "If you look at these guidelines, they give quality of evidence markers. All the quality of evidence is low or very low," Laidlaw explained. "They have no long-term studies to support what they’re doing and they talk very little about the harms."
The so-called "puberty blockers" which Younger's mother intends to give him, would actually give the 7-year-old boy a disease, this endocrinologist told PJ Media.
"I call it a development blocker — it’s actually causing a disease," Laidlaw said. The disease in question is hypogonadotropic hypogonadism. It occurs when the brain fails to send the right signal to the gonads to make the hormones necessary for development.
"We’re talking about what in nature is a rare condition. In the United States, if someone has this condition it’s going to be recognized and treated so the long-term results are unknown," the doctor explained. "It’s an area that needs to be explored further."
While endocrinologists are familiar with the disease and gladly treat it when a patient has been diagnosed, many of them are effectively causing their patients to contract the same disease in an attempt to affirm gender identity, Laidlaw said. "An endocrinologist might treat a condition where a female’s testosterone levels are going to be outside the normal range. We’ll treat that and we’re aware of metabolic problems. At the same time, an endocrinologist may be giving high levels of testosterone to a female to 'transition' her."
"In this case, it’s being induced by the medication," he explained.
Seven-year-old boys like James Younger are not old enough to decide for themselves whether to identify as the opposite sex and whether to take experimental drugs with long-term consequences like sterility.
These pictures of James dressed as a boy and doing well in school while identifying as male should serve as a reminder that gender confusion is malleable and should not be considered more reliable than biological sex. Boys like James should be allowed to develop naturally, not pushed in the direction of chemical castration and transgender surgery. Putting children on such a path is rightly condemned as child abuse.
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